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World Book Day 2018: A Day to Celebrate Amazing Books

March 1st, 2018 is World Book Day, a time where people around the world come together to celebrate all things books. We use this time to appreciate our favorite authors and illustrators and recall the stories that we love best.

These last few weeks, Petite Beauty Kids has been asking on our social media what books are loved in their household. After talking to families about what’s loved in their home, these came out on top.

Classics Come Top

The books that many of us have grown up with, and our parents have grown up with, are still extremely popular amongst children.

Roald Dahl – It’s no secret that Roald Dahl still ranks high amongst children. His silly stories of fantastical realms where giants live, animals talk, and little girls have superpowers are very much loved even into 2018. A few parents expressed to us how Matilda, in particular, was popular in their home. The reading of the book has been inspired by the movie (released over 20 years ago in 1996) and also the more recent musical version. Several Roald Dahl books have been made into films, which may equate to his continued success, but we like to think it’s because of his super interesting stories that are fun for kids!

Julia Donaldson – Julia Donaldson, alongside illustrator Axel Scheffler, has created many well-loved stories in the 90s that kids go crazy over. Kids in the UK, in particular, love The Gruffalo and its overarching theme of friendship. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have since gone on to create many more books together, such as Room on a Broom and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. While Julia’s work isn’t as “classic” as Roald Dahl or Dr. Seuss, we think her imaginative stories will live forever.

Dr. Seuss – We all love a little bit of rhyming Dr. Seuss! Many children even today have their bookshelves filled with Dr. Seuss classics like Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham. These stories are a lot of fun to read out loud, making them great for smaller kids to have a story time.

Harry Potter – You can’t mention World Book Day without talking about Harry Potter. Although the popular JK Rowling series is newer when compared to the likes of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, we think it will become a classic series loved for generations to come. The stories of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and others at Hogwarts have captivated imaginations, prompting a huge following. While Harry Potter may be JK Rowling’s landmark series, we suspect this isn’t the last hit from the Scottish author.

Non-Fiction Books are Also Popular

In addition to fun, silly, and imaginative stories, many children are interested in the world around them, with non-fiction books also finding a place on the bookshelf. From facts about space to learning about dinosaurs, it’s the stories about real life that can be extra captivating.

Activities for World Book Day

There are lots of activities you can do related to books to make reading them that much more enjoyable.

Many schools encourage dressing up as your favorite characters for the school that day – so if that is happening at your child’s school, totally get involved! You don’t need to go out and spend a small fortune on a one. Keep it simple and use things you already have. The best characters don’t have to come with all the bells and whistles.

Many classic stories have plenty of activities to go with them. Flat Stanley is a popular one done in classrooms, where kids can make flat cardboard versions of themselves and take pictures of them on adventures. The Kissing Hand is also an admired book for its message of love, and kids will love having their own kissing hand to remind them of that love from a parent.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is easy to make an activity to go along with! Take your own purple crayon and create your own purple adventure piece on paper. Alternatively, use purple yarn to glue into squiggly shapes. It doesn’t have to be purple either! Create your own storybook titled with your child’s name “and the *favorite color crayon here*.”

You can search for activities relating to your favorite books for ideas or come up with your own! We would love to hear about it though, so be sure to tell us on World Book Day what activities you and your children have done relating to books.

2018 is proving to be another year of classic stories, but there’s still plenty of room for new authors who have a tale to tell to make their mark. What are your favorites from this list? What other stories do your children love?


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